The best photos (and memories) that didn’t make this week’s posts

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.    The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas    and built it on the ocean depths.Psalm 24 - writer Derek Maul Typically, my weekly "Photo Review" comes every Friday. But of course there has been nothing typical about anything these last …

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Truth, “retirement”, leaves, Kierkegaard, and run-on sentences

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.1 john 4:16 - gleaning truth in the garden I have noticed an interesting corollary to this life's current craziness, and that is abundant raw material for writing! People (and that …

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Hope and promise and belief hold more truth than fear….

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.Ephesians 1:18 - Geoffrey!! It's already a little late in the day for my Monday post, so I'm going to rely on …

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knowledge both cosmic and microscopic, temporal and eternal, knowable and unknowable.

But how could God possibly live on earth with people? If heaven, even the highest heaven, can’t contain you, how can this temple that I have built contain you? Lord, my God, listen to your servant’s prayer and request, and hear the cry and prayer that I your servant pray to you.2 Chronicles 6:18-19 Late Friday …

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“Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease…”

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God..."Psalm 46:10 - mum and dad One of the routine activities I do with my dad at his assisted living residence is listening to hymns. It is one of those experiences where the wonder of Internet search technology still blows me away. "What would you like …

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First Sunday in Wilson (Rebekah & Derek really really go to church)

In the beginning was the Word    and the Word was with God    and the Word was God. The Word was with God in the beginning. Everything came into being through the Word,    and without the Word    nothing came into being.What came into being     through the Word was life,    and the life was the light for all people. The light shines in the darkness,    and the …

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“Above all else, guard your heart” (the problem with my progressive lenses)

Above all else, guard your heart,    for everything you do flows from it.Proverbs 4:23 - Derek Maul Sometimes, watching this world through the windows of various media, news outlets, magazine pages etcetera, digital, video, audio, print and more, I try to remind myself that I am not so much an observer of actual life as a consumer …

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When “what we want” does not match “what we need”

Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7 I'd like to begin this morning by talking about how I find the …

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Getting the message right (btw, the message is “welcome home”)

Take hold of the life that is truly life!1 Tim 6:19 Sunday morning Rebekah and I enjoyed one of those deeply meaningful worship experiences that reaffirm everything positive about church and make us so incredibly thankful to be part of the Body of Christ. - Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church We needed to arrive early, as Rebekah …

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Life and Retirement and Gardening…

The Lord God took the human(s) and settled him (them) in the garden of Eden to farm it and to take care of it.Genesis 2:15 - Rebekah working with the plants As an observer by trade (both writing and photography require a great deal of eyes and ears open paying attention) I often find myself simultaneously participating …

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